Maua N. Nyamekye
Program Assistant, Koshland Program
Why do you do what you do?
Growing up, I was holistically supported by nonprofit agencies geared toward Black youth considered “at risk.” These community resources introduced me to myself, which in turn allowed me to step into my power as my own force in the fight for equity and wellness in my community. As a teen, I quickly switched gears from receiving case services into working for amazing nonprofits such as Leadership Excellence, Youth Together, West Oakland Youth Center, and Safe Passages.
What drew you to the foundation?
I continue this work because I can personally identify with each and every family that our work and resources affect. I was drawn to the foundation because I clearly see the alignment of the foundation’s mission to the direct need of the people we serve every day. I understand that equity for all is a collective effort, and I am humbled and excited to be a part of the change.
How would you describe your role?
I am responsible for the administrative support in grantmaking, event planning, finance management, and communications of the Koshland program.